Revenge will be on the card for Real Madrid as they host Catalan side Girona in their up-coming La Liga Santander match. Santiago Bernabeu will entertain a hungry crowd which is desperate for Madrid’s first win against a Catalan team this league campaign.
Real Madrid are still to get their grip on the third position in the league despite a decent run in La Liga. They have won four of their previous five matches in the league and have managed 57 points in total.
Cristiano Ronaldo was once again Los Blancos’ savior last week as the Portuguese netted late in the game to secure the Royals all three points. The match was fairly poised until the late winner by Ronaldo, which gave a clear idea on how reliant Madrid is on their talisman.
Girona do not look like a team just promoted to the first tier with the Reds and Whites playing some fantastic football both at home and away. They have leaped themselves up to seventh in the league, only two points behind Sevilla, who still have the Champions League spot to target.
With Sevilla’s European games to deal with and Villarreal not looking at their best, Girona could win themselves a Europa League spot.
They registered their twelfth win of the league season in their last match against Girona with a 2-0 score-card. Stuani was on the score-sheet once again as the Uruguayan having scored three in his last five league matches.
Head to Head
The two teams have met only once in their history and Girona were able to create the first upset of the season beating the reigning champions, which started a string of bad performances from the team from the capital. The match ended with Girona putting past two, while Madrid could only score one.
Players To Watch
The Portuguese has taken his tally up to 18 in the league and has scored in each of his last seven games.
The Uruguayan is having his best goal return of his career. With ten matches still to be played, the striker has hit 15 goals.
Zinedine Zidane has a fully fit squad heading into the match.
Pablo Machin’s Girona have to deal with injuries to Pedro Alcala (ankle injury), Gorka Iraizoz (calf injury) and Carles Planas (Hamstring injury).
Real Madrid vs Girona Lineups (Predicted XI)
Real Madrid Lineup (4-3-3)
Carvajal – Varane – Ramos – Marcelo
Kroos – Casemiro – Modric
Girona Lineup (3-4-3)
Ramalho – Espinosa – Juanpe
Pablo Maffeo – Pons – Granell – Mojica
Real Madrid vs Girona Prediction
Los Blancos and Blanquivermell both look devastating in-front of goal at the moment. Real Madrid have found lost confidence while Girona are flying high in their first ever La Liga season.
Real Madrid have a record this season that they like to put past them; the Los Blancos have lost all three games played against a Catalan club. They would want to change that when they meet Girona at the Bernabeu.
Our Prediction: Real Madrid 3-0 Girona